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18 April 2019

On Monday 1 April 2019, the Domestic Violence - Victim Protection Act 2018 came into effect. The Act provides legal protections in the workplace for people affected by domestic violence.

The Act establishes three key entitlements for employees affected by domestic violence: paid domestic violence leave, short-term flexible working and prohibiting adverse treatment on the basis of suspected domestic abuse.

New Zealand is only the second country in the world to legislate mandatory paid domestic violence leave, although in recent years several major companies in New Zealand have implemented policies to address and accommodate the effects of domestic violence. More ...

28 March 2019

Over the last couple of years, organisations' reliance on Payroll systems has left them with widespread underpayment of their employees and significant legal claims.

The Holidays Act 2003 provides minimum leave entitlements for all employees. The entitlements must be calculated in accordance with processes set out in the Act. Failure to provide the full amount owing to the employee under the Act is a breach of the law, even if an underpayment was the result of an accidental miscalculation. More ...

28 January 2019

Trial periods and the ability for employers to dismiss employees 'at will' have been discussed by politicians and the media often in recent years. Trial periods are a tool that allows employees to demonstrate their skills and employers to assess the suitability of the employee for the role. Trial periods allow for dismissal without justification. However, the law is strict as to when they will be valid, and will be even more so once the Employment Relations Amendment Act 2018 comes into force on 6 May 2019. More ...

Cullen - The Employment Law Firm was one of the first eleven law firms in New Zealand approved to provide employment law services to Government and the public sector.

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